Beast leaving SA in 2015
Sharks prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira has revealed that he will leave the Durban-based franchise at the end of 2015.
Mtawarira confirmed that he will further his career outside of South Africa after next year's World Cup in England.
The veteran of 55 Tests with the Springboks, who has played for the Sharks since 2007, said he hopes to get a fresh challenge in Europe.
"My goals for 2015 is to help the Sharks do well in Super Rugby and to help the Springboks win the World Cup," he told the MyPlayers website.
That would be a dream come true.
"I'll then look to relocate overseas. My preferred destination would be France. While many South Africans are heading to Japan, France is an attractive destination for my playing career and my young family.
"I'll get to play against some of the world's toughest front rows in Europe, which will be a great experience.
"I'll get to learn much more about the game in foreign conditions.
"Off the field, my family and I will have the chance to travel and explore new countries."
The 28-year-old said his greatest memories was hearing the "Beast" crowd chants and packing down alongside the Du Plessis brothers in the front row for the Sharks and the Springboks.
"I first noticed the chants when I started playing for the senior team," added Mtawarira.
"It definitely motivated me to make a big impact.
"And it's been awesome to see how many rugby fans have adopted the call, including those supporting the other team! I hear supporters call my name even when I played outside South Africa.
"I'll only probably realise how special this has been when I eventually hang up my boots.
"Playing alongside Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis has also been a privilege.
"We've played together for many years for the Sharks and Springboks. This has created a tight brotherhood between us. We're very close on and off the field."